On this week’s episode of New England Lacrosse Journal’s “Chasing The Goal” podcast, hosts Kyle Devitte and Jack Piatelli were joined by St. Joseph’s of Maine head coach, Bill Cosentino.
Cosentino was hired by St. Joesph’s of Maine in the fall of 2016 as the full-time head men’s lacrosse coach. He took over a program that had gone 5-11 in 2016 and had missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Due to his tireless recruiting efforts and those of his well-rounded coaching staff, the team has steadily progressed in the ensuing years. His past coaching endeavors included Daniel Webster, Keene State, and Merrimack (N.H.) High School.
Cosentino’s team had a six-win season in his first year at Saint Joseph’s and just missed the conference tournament. The improving trend continued in 2018, as Cosentino led the Monks to their second-ever GNAC Tournament triumph and their first winning season (10-9) in seven years. New team records were set by the Monks in 2019 for victories (12), winning percentage (.706), and longest winning streak. In 2021, the team went 5-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
The full podcast can be accessed below and is available on all major platforms. If you enjoy it please leave a rating and a review.
Jack Piatelli: What does it take to be a successful coach at the Division 3 level? What skill sets do you need to be successful and have the players respect you, believe in you, and follow your lead?
Bill Cosentino: I think there are a few traits that could be beneficial to be successful. I’m not sure that I’m successful yet. I have a great group of guys that always get to coach. Your kids keep coming back and they learn a lot. Hopefully, in 30 or 40 years from now we’ll know if I’m truly successful. But the first thing you need to have is a passion for what you do. The kids read through B.S. They know it. They know when somebody cares about them, they know when someone’s got their back. And so I try to be that — I love to serve my guys. My job is to give them an incredible experience and give them all the support they need to be successful. Also holding them accountable so that passion drives everything. I think those things help, not just at the D3 level or any level of coaching or leadership, I think that’s what makes people successful. That helps build relationships. When your athletes can trust you, they can come to you. You know that, and they know that your relationships are stronger on the field. They’re willing to run through a wall for you.
Kyle Devitte: I think the one thing that surprised me when I heard you were coaching, not that you were coaching, but someone was like, Yeah, he’s the assistant at Keene. And I was like, “You can’t go to Plymouth and go be coach at Keene! You can’t do that’s not allowed!” How did that happen?
Cosentino: Oh, well, at the time I was the head coach at Merrimack High School. It was 2012 and I just finished my third season there. And my good friend Matt Griffin, who was the Keene High School coach, ended up taking over the old coordinator position from Matt Schairer during his senior year. So, Matt Griffin was like, hey, I’m going to get to Europe at some point. So that’s great. And the fall of 2012, coach Theriault gave me a phone call and offered me a spot to come on and be the coordinator. And obviously, I didn’t want to turn that opportunity down. I had wanted to be a college coach, whether it was a head coach or assistant. So, it was a good opportunity and Keene State was pretty darn good. They still are. So, I was able to cut my teeth in the college coaching ranks so there for a couple of seasons.